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#76 Cygnet

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 09:22 AM

Anton Dolin & John Gilpin visited Olga Spessivtzeva to interview her for the "A Portrait of Giselle" documentary. Dolin reminisced about the first time they danced "Giselle" together. Here's two memorable quotes from her, (source
"A Portrait of Giselle" Kultur dvd).

Spessivtzeva to Dolin: "I don't know where(ish) you came from; I know I dance vit you."

On her friendship with Karsavina: "Beautiful lady, beautiful lady: Best dancer - best woman."

Kavanagh's "Nureyev" is full of doozies. Here's one priceless remark after he and Sizova won the Gold medal at the 1959 Vienna World Youth Festival. It was a three way tie for the Gold: Sizova & Nureyev, Makarova & Soloviev, and Maximova & Vasiliev. He sent Sizova to accept the award for both of them telling her:
"I don't need that equality." (p. 75)

#77 canbelto

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 03:21 PM

Portrait of Giselle has some great quotes.
I also love when Dolin asks Spessivtseva about Lifar. "Oh, he was not too bad," she says, carefully. "But not too good either, right?" They both chuckle.
Then there's Tamara Karsavina reminiscing about her wardrobe malfunction way back when, and how Pavlova had run up to her screaming. "Naturally, I cried." For some reason I always love that quote.

#78 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 03:59 PM

From Kavanagh's "Nureyev", on Nureyev's words to friend Patrick Thevenon:

[font="Comic Sans MS"][size=3] "I will never return to my country, but i truly believe that i will never be happy in yours".

Rudolf Nureyev
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#79 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:59 PM

Maurice Bejart (RIP) on Mme. Alonso:

[font="Comic Sans MS"][size=2]"She is extraordinary.Alicia is passionate, ironic, willful and tireless, possessed entirely by dance and, somehow, simply enebriated by Cuba, by her homeland. She is romantic but lucid, instinctive and intelligent, almost blind but clairvoyant. One of these days, I must make a ballet about this extraordinary being.''

Maurice Bejart
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 09:21 PM

While reading an online article in the Miami Herald, i found this interesting quote from Mme Alicia Alonso, as a request to President George Bush.

[size=2] [font="Comic Sans MS"] "Let us work together so that Cuban artists and writers can take their talent to the United States, and that you are not prevented from coming to our island to share your knowledge and values. So that a song, a book, a scientific study or a choreographic work are not considered, in an irrational way, crimes."
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Alicia Alonso
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#81 bart

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 07:03 PM

From the last page of the December/January Pointe Magazine --a Q&A with Larissa Ponomarenko, Boston Ballet principal dancer.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: It is not important to me if I am am remembered. In this crazy world, I would rather have people remember not to forget their kids in the car!"


As a resident of Florida, where there are a surprpising number of news stories about just such lapses of memory, my response is: :)

#82 innopac

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 08:35 PM

Clement Crisp on the lack of preservation of ballet on film. Written almost 25 years ago.


"I am haunted by the impermanence of ballet. I find it tragic that in the century of the cinema, when newsreel film has preserved eighty years of nonentities, from the greasiest political opportunists to pop-singers, there is not one frame of the Diaghilev Ballet in action; that Nijinsky is to be seen only in five seconds of film that show an old man walking from his Vienna hotel. Even in the past thirty years a dismaying number of great ballets and great dancers have been lost to posterity."

"Even an exceptional dancer lately retired, Lynn Seymour, cannot be seen as Juliet or Anastasia, two of her superlative roles. Ballet-lovers of a hundred years hence will know of these dancers through still photographs and the critics' words. They will not forgive us."

Notes. The Nature of Dance Scholarship: The Critic's Task. by Clement Crisp. Dance Research, Vol 1 No 1 Spring 1983, page 125



#83 ViolinConcerto

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 07:32 AM

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THOSE FIVE SECONDS OF NIJINSKY CAN BE FOUND????????

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 09:14 AM

Clement Crisp on the lack of preservation of ballet on film. Written almost 25 years ago.



"Even an exceptional dancer lately retired, Lynn Seymour, cannot be seen as Juliet or Anastasia, two of her superlative roles. Ballet-lovers of a hundred years hence will know of these dancers through still photographs and the critics' words. They will not forgive us."



I think of this time to time and find that it is a shame so many great performers are not captured in action. Lynn Seymour is a good example. What is left behind on film or tape? Just a too late version of Giselle and an unlikely appearance as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Nureyev on one of those multi-episode shows like "Magic of the Dance".
Oh, an appearance on the Met Centennial Gala as Isadora Duncan.

I saw her as Juliet, Anastasia, and Giselle and wish I could remember more of what I saw. But I was very young at the time. I do remember that her Giselle in the early 70's is not well served by the so-so film made towards the end of that decade.

Perhaps there are some more momentos in the TV archives.

#85 chrisk217

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 11:24 AM

Perhaps there are some more momentos in the TV archives.

There's Natalia Petrovna from Month in the Country on film, which she created and which has never been the same without her.

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 11:30 AM

In his review of the Ailey company's performance of Bejart's Firebird, Alastair Macaulay gives this quote from Clement Crisp: “Béjart and Stravinsky is one of those fabled partnerships, like Romeo and Goneril, or bacon and strawberries.”

And speaking of Mr. Crisp's comments about the evanescence of ballet, part of the problem is lack of companies creating filmed documentation, which, however inadequate it may be, is at least something. It is interesting that the NYCB has been more careful about this than most, thanks to the New York Public Library. With the cooperation of the organizations involved, the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library regularly documents theatrical events in the city, and its listing of NYCB films is mind-boggling - well over a thousand of Balanchine ballets in performance, rehearsal and discussion from almost every period of the company's existence. I didn't even dare check the Jerome Robbins collection, which is also immense (well - the dance section is named for him!). As for the Balanchine listings, by about item 500 I was too dizzy to continue, but anyone who has the time and patience can go through the catalog. I don't know that even the Russians have preserved such a record.

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 02:07 PM

In his review of the Ailey company's performance of Bejart's Firebird, Alastair Macaulay gives this quote from Clement Crisp: "Béjart and Stravinsky is one of those fabled partnerships, like Romeo and Goneril, or bacon and strawberries."

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Wow! This is priceless. Perhaps we should have a subthread for Crisp's Quips.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 09:59 PM

[font="Comic Sans MS"]"[size=2]She moves in life. Her feet, her torso, her arms, neck, and eyes, are one continuing action, taking their dynamic from her meaning. She talks. Her heart is open. Here is the essence of a dancer. It is her core she gives us; it is our core,"

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 10:21 PM

[font="Comic Sans MS"] [size=2]"I think that science has advanced so much we do not have to put a limit at 200 years. Let's see what science comes up with. Are you tired of living? I'm not" . [/size][/font]

Mme. Alicia Alonso on willing to live as much as she can... :sweatingbullets:

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:15 PM

Alicia Alonso

“Life is not unjust with anyone,” she says in an interview with The Associated Press. “One is unjust with life because it always increasing[ly] demands you to do what you really can do.”




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